Lady Blazers Take Down Valor 75-60

CIRCLEVILLE, OH - The Ohio Christian University women managed to overcome early adversity, battling back to drop visiting Valor Christian, 75-60.

The Trailblazers struggled early, falling behind, 12-3, less than five minutes into the game. OCU shot a dismal 11 of 33 from the floor (33 percent) as they headed into the intermission down 34-29.

The second half led to a reversal of fortune as OCU found its scoring touch, while the Warriors struggled during a 31-16 run that evened the Trailblazers' record at 7-7.

“In the first half we were killing ourselves with turnovers,” OCU coach Mandy Wray said. “They came out pumped up ready to play and we were back on our heels right away. We just didn’t have any intensity at all and we ended up in a hole.

The Trailblazers dropped in 17 of 36 from the field (47 percent) in the second half, including 5 of 11 beyond the three-point arc. The Warriors (1-6) managed to connect on just nine of 33 (27 percent) in scoring only 26 second half points.

“We just shut down after the first half,” Warriors coach Rick White said. “We thought the game was over (then) we came out gave the ball away and gave the game away. We didn’t do anything right at all in the second half and lost a game we shouldn’t have.”

Asia Woodson was one of three Trailblazers in double figures with 23 points. Shelby Roe added 18, including three key three-pointers, and Olivia Davis collected 11 scores, to go along with her 10 rebounds.

“At halftime we needed to get it back together,” Roe said. “We played with much more enthusiasm and we (played) our game and went right at them like we should have from the beginning.”

The ladies are now focused on their mission trip to the Dominican Republic, where they will serve and minister at a local orphanage.  The team is set to depart on Friday.

“So far we’ve been up and down, battled injuries, and people joining the team late,” Wray explained. “Now we need to practice playing as a team, not individuals, and get ready to play up to our talent level after the holidays.”